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The Hotel California
Ranked #19 of 36 Hotels in Santa Monica
Reviewed 19 February 2014

Hotel California was as expected- it's an old style building but in a fabulous location. There is access straight down to the boardwalk and it is about a minute from the pier. It's so close to all of the shops and restaurants.

The room was ok, old fashioned but clean. The bathroom was small and old, the only problem I had was that the hot water in the shower was very sporadic and temperamental. The fan and main light for the room did not work, the fan wouldn't even turn on and the light flickered.

Overall it was ok, the room probably wasn't 100% up to scratch for the price but in that location we knew it may be the case.

Stayed: February 2014, travelled as a couple
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Reviewed 18 February 2014

The Hotel was in a great location with an easy walk to many restaurants and shops. Aaron in the evening at the front desk was very helpful with restaurant options and Katie in the morning had a great customer service spirit. The hotel has character and charm because it is an older property. We found it to be clean and fun to stay somewhere with outdoor seating, easy walks, and a small boutique hotel setting. We will return in the future

Room Tip: Ask for one of the rooms in the back. It is further from the busy street.
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Reviewed 14 February 2014

Walking into the Hotel California takes you back to The Eagles classic, and it seems that the decor dates from the same age. If this place was somewhere in the Inland Empire it would have earned a POOR but given that you're just a short stroll from the Pacific Ocean and it is (for LA) reasonably priced makes it a great choice for the ocean lover on a budget! The staff is phenomenal and will make your stay an extremely pleasant one. Just don't expect a five star resort and you won't be disappointed.

  • Stayed: January 2014, travelled solo
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Thank metaungulate
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Hotel Californi... S, Guest Relations Manager at The Hotel California, responded to this reviewResponded 19 February 2014

Boy are we glad we are located where we are and not in the Inland Empire. We appreciate you taking the time to let us know how you felt about your stay with us. We do play off the idea the hotel is built on a song, so our 'retro decor' is an extension of that. Most seem to really enjoy that feel, but we can also understand how it feels 'dated' to some. We are happy that you still had the chance to enjoy the ocean, we all need our fix for the ocean lover in us. You make a great point to not expect a 5 star resort, because you could be left a little disappointed. We are happy you felt like you still got a good deal, and enjoyed our staff. Customer service is a huge part of what we do here at The Hotel California, so hearing that makes us all feel great! We hope you'll come back sometime soon!

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Reviewed 14 February 2014

We spent a week at the hotel on a trip combining work and vacation, and our primary consideration was convenience of restaurants, coffee shops and the beach. When we found the Hotel California we knew that had to be the right answer--minutes from Santa Monica Pier and surrounded by cute restaurants with a wide variety of cuisine. Pictures of the hotel looked quaint, and how can you not stay in a place where "you can check out any time you like / but you can never leave?"
Quaint it is! Shortly after our arrival the toilet overflowed (the night manager blamed us!) and was wobbly. I never seemed to have enough space to move: two full size beds in a room designed for one. The shower was tiny. The mini-fridge didn't seem to work. The space heater worked occasionally. The electric sockets were so loose our plugs fell out.
But the bed was exceptionally comfortable and most of the staff were very cheery and accommodating people.
Our room fronted on Ocean Avenue, but other rooms--mini suites I believe sat along the alley leading to the beach. We never visited one, but I suspect that paying a bit more would allow one to avoid some of the "quaintness" that we experienced.

Room Tip: Ask about suites
  • Stayed: February 2014, travelled as a couple
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Reviewed 9 February 2014 via mobile

This hotel has the best the location in Santa Monica for the best value. Get the best rate by calling directly. Place rocks! I would take all my future vacations to the west coast at the Hotel California

Stayed: February 2014, travelled with friends
Thank bbtabguitar
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Hotel Californi... S, Guest Relations Manager at The Hotel California, responded to this reviewResponded 19 February 2014

What a great review for us to receive!! Thank you for letting us know you had such a great time! "Best Visit Ever" sure puts a smile on our faces knowing we are doing our jobs right and making your time here the best possible! We truly look forward to your next visit here!!

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Reviewed 9 February 2014

Just wanted to go to the beach for a couple nights so we chose this place. It was the closest place to the pier and the beach. As for the hotel, it is very cool and boutique style, but also has a cool LA vibe. We had a movie poster in our room too! Will for sure stay here next time.

  • Stayed: January 2014, travelled as a couple
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Hotel Californi... S, Guest Relations Manager at The Hotel California, responded to this reviewResponded 19 February 2014

Thank you for taking a minute to tell us about your time here! We are so glad that you found us and had such a great beach vacation. We love when our guests appreciate the decor as much as we do, and it sounds like the feel of our hotel and rooms helped make your stay that much better. We look forward to your next stay with us!

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Reviewed 4 February 2014 via mobile

Stayed here back in September for a long weekend whilst in LA. First impressions the staff super friendly and the outside looked well presented. When we got to our room the bedroom was of a good size but the decor a little dated, but the two main problems I found was the size of the shower area is so small it feels claustrophobic in there and also the people above you in the upper level you could literally hear them walking around all the time which after a few times really grates on you. The room was quite expensive to book but I have to say the location is perfect right by santa monica pier and also a stones throw from the lovely beach. If it wasn't for the location I feel this hotel would be getting a lower star rating from me. If the decor and the shower area was updated this would be a good hotel and i would stay again

Stayed: September 2013, travelled as a couple
Thank gc1982
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Hotel Californi... S, Guest Relations Manager at The Hotel California, responded to this reviewResponded 18 February 2014

Thank you for taking the time to tell us about your stay while in Santa Monica. We are very lucky with our location, and we are very happy you got to take full advantage of that! Our decor is actually what draws most people in being so retro and making you feel like you are truly at The Hotel California (a hotel based on a song!) We are constantly updating our hotel making it more and more comfortable for our guests so we appreciate you letting us know what you did and didn't like. Maybe you will give us another try on one of your future vacations to the beach!!

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Additional Information about The Hotel California

Address: 1670 Ocean Avenue, Santa Monica, CA 90401-3212
Region: United States > California > Santa Monica > Santa Monica
Amenities:
Beach Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Children Activities (Kid / Family Friendly) Kitchenette Pets Allowed ( Dog / Pet Friendly ) Suites Wheelchair access
Hotel Style:
#11 On the Beach Hotel in Santa Monica
#15 Romantic Hotel in Santa Monica
#17 Family Hotel in Santa Monica
#17 Business Hotel in Santa Monica
Price Range: £134 - £274 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
Hotel Class:2 star — The Hotel California 2*
Number of rooms: 27
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Located steps from the beach and from the famous Santa Monica Pier, this world-famous hotel offers complimentary coffee, tea, fruit, WiFi, as well as a private beach pathway! Experience the laid back California lifestyle as it should be. Moments from the shopping and dining, Third Street Promenade, Venice and Muscle Beach. ... more   less 
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